AIR Vents (Part 1 of 3)
Exhalations from our readers
I heard today on one of the pseudo-news morning shows about a study of cold virus susceptibility. In the study, 200 volunteers were swabbed with active virus. Those with limited social contacts (culls) were vastly more likely to become infected. The conclusion drawn was that increasing your social interactions would improve your immune system. The more likely conclusion would be that people who get sick at the drop of a germ cannot be counted on to fulfill their social responsibilities and, by power of elimination, become more socially isolated.
A Wiener Man
I enjoyed the Wiener Sausage report (in AIR 8:4), especially because I have the distinction, possibly unique (possibly not) of having once had to run for my life as Norbert Wiener’s car rounded a corner in MIT’s parking lot. I have wondered since then whether this apparent “attack” was a consequence of my having declined the good professor’s invitation to chess at the MIT faculty club. Now, on another subject: while quaffing a brew in a Brussels café recently I lifted my glass and glanced down at the coaster. It was facing away from me, but I immediately saw the subliminal message. Here is that coaster — a gift from me. I wonder if you, too, will spot the message.
A Wiener Woman
I enjoyed your special Wiener Sausage issue (AIR 8:4). I am a number theorist, and all my (admittedly brief, so far) adult life, older mathematicians have delighted in telling me that I am a dead ringer for Norbert Wiener. I take my attention any way I can get it.
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